GLENDIVE — In its final home game of the season on April 28, Dawson Community College's baseball team retired the No. 18 jersey of the late Cole Dooper.
In 2017, Dooper was killed in a car accident. Dooper played for DCC in 2011 and 2012.
Dooper's family, friends and former teammates were in attendance and his family unveiled the newly named dugout with an honorary plaque. His jersey was also unveiled on the fence of right field.
"It was an honor to have the opportunity to recognize the life of Cole Dooper," DCC head coach Chris Lewis said in a press release from the school. "The turnout was great, we had beautiful weather and it was special to have his family and other alumni back on campus. It was an emotional day to say the least, but also part of the healing process for all who knew and loved Cole.
"We retired the No. 18 jersey and thanks to some former baseball players we painted the home dugout black, added a sign in his honor and named it 'Dooper's Dugout.'
"A big thank you to the entire LeProwse family, Todd Cabrera, Jake Young, Kat and Jay from Boss Office Products for all the help in making the event possible and adding a lot of 'little' touches to the weekend. Most of all thank you to the Dooper family for allowing us to be a part of such a special day."